Fiber Optic Costs

Fiber Optic Internet Cost

​Fiber optic is the latest and greatest when it comes to Internet service. Its reliability and symmetrical speed options are unmatched by legacy methods like phone company DSL. To get fiber optic Internet service for your business, you'll incur some extra costs, depending on the type of service you choose. There may be deployment costs as well—but you might be surprised to learn that fiber optic costs might not be as high as you've imagined when you consider all the benefits.

Why Are Fiber Optic Prices Higher Than Coaxial or Phone Company Internet Services?

One of the reasons fiber optic prices are higher than cable or copper is because those proven infrastructures are already in place and widely available. Fiber optic cable pricing continues to fall as it matures, just like any other technology. Fiber optic cable infrastructure is in place in many locations — even in rural American communities — but businesses will still need to connect to the ISP and their fiber optic backbone.

Fiber optic cable pricing is high at the outset because the installation is more complicated than installing copper or coax. If you decide to wire your internal building network with fiber optics, the cost to wire an entire building can be difficult to estimate because there are so many variables that need to be considered; however, according to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), typical deployment costs can be as high as $5,000 per subscriber.

The truth is, getting a fiber optic Internet or Ethernet solution to your business to power your internal network is the first step and the installation and service options are becoming increasingly flexible from ISPs.

Basic Fiber Optic Costs

Once installation is complete, the first fiber optic cost is the recurring monthly service fee, just like any other Internet service. There are also different types of service that can affect fiber optic Internet pricing. For example, dedicated internet access via a fiber optic connection can deliver fast, symmetrical speeds you won't share with other subscribers, but typically costs more than a passive optical network or a coaxial cable broadband connection, which enables a shared internet connection among multiple businesses.

Next are taxes, which vary depending on location; applicable taxes depend on local and state sales taxes levied at your company's location.

Surcharges and other fees such as the Federal Universal Service Fund (USF) may also apply to fiber-based phone services and can be levied by entities such as the FCC. For example, the surcharges for the USF are used to help ensure all consumers in the country can have access to first rate, affordable telecommunications services, and an E911 surcharge helps fund 911 emergency service across the country.

Sparklight Business Fiber Optic Internet Features

Whether your business needs to provide Internet access to a large number of users or run bandwidth-intensive applications, our Dedicated Internet Access (DIA) solutions are built to deliver the high-speed, reliable services your business needs to succeed. Our scalable bandwidth options give you the flexibility to pay only for what you need and to add capacity as your business grows.

Sparklight Business DIA solutions offer:
  • Dedicated, direct Internet connection using our nationwide fiber backbone
  • 99.99% network availability
  • Symmetrical speeds ranging from 10 Mpbs up to 10 Gbps, scaling in 1Mbps increments
  • On-demand scalability
  • Solid service level agreements (SLAs)
  • 24x7x365 proactive network monitoring, service and support

Once installed, a fiber optic Internet connection is scalable on demand to provide additional bandwidth and speed to your business as it grows from 10 Mbps to 10Gbps and beyond. Sparklight Business can supply your business with a fiber optic Internet connection that will boost your productivity both today and tomorrow.